Resumé

Michelle Holzapfel has over three decades of experience turning and carving the native hardwoods of Southern Vermont, where she lives.

Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the U.S., Australia and Europe. Publications featuring her work include House Beautiful, American Craft, Woodworking, and Fine Woodworking. Her writings have been published in American Craft and Turning Points magazines. She has also lectured and taught at events sponsored by local and national craft organizations.

Education

    • 1969-70 Marlboro College Marlboro, Vt.
    • 1993-95 BA: Vermont College/Norwich University: Brattleboro, VT.
    • 1977-present Self-taught in wood turning and carving.

Solo exhibitions

    • 2014-“From What’s at Hand”-Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
    • 2009 -“Lost & Found”- del mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
    • 2004 -”Michelle Holzapfel”- del mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
    • 2004-“Full Circle”- Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT
    • 2003 -” In the Shape of a Vessel”- Barry Friedman Gallery, New York, NY
    • 2002 -”Recent Volumes”- Connell Gallery, Atlanta, GA
    • 2001 -”Pilgrim Vessels”- Barry Friedman Gallery, New York, NY
    • 1999 -”Bespoke Vessels”- Barry Friedman Gallery, New York, NY
    • 1997 -”Family Jewels”- Peter Joseph Gallery, New York, NY
    • 1994 -”Circling the Square”- Peter Joseph Gallery, New York, NY
    • 1992 -”Elemental Objects”- Peter Joseph Gallery, New York, NY
    • 1991 -”Michelle Holzapfel”- Peter Joseph Gallery, New York, NY
    • 1983 -Arts Council of Windham Co. grantee, Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center, VT

Career Summary

Selected Exhibitions

    • 2013-“Conversations with Wood: the Waterbury Collection.” Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.
    • 2013-“Against the Grain,” Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA.
    • 2012-Atrium: Atlanta Airport-“Pioneers of Contemporary American Wood turning & Wood turning as an Art Form. Atlanta, GA
    • 2011-Winter Holiday Show: Riley Gallery, Cleveland, OH
    • 2011-25th Anniversary Exhibition, “Turning to Art in Wood: A Creative Journey,” The Center for Art in Wood, Phila. PA
    • 2011-“Conversations with Wood: the Waterbury Collection.” Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
    • 2010 -“Magic Realism/Material Culture,” Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA
    • 2010-“State of Craft,” Bennington Museum, VT. In conjunction with the Vermont Craft History project. Vermont Crafts Council & Vermont Folklife Center.
    • 2010 -“A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection. Renwick Gallery of American Art Museum, Washington, DC
    • 2009 -Outside the Ordinary:…the Wolf Collection. Cincinnati Art Museum. OH
    • 2009-“Turning Wood into Art: Mason Collection”. Visual Arts Ctr. of Richmond, VA
    • 2008 -“Over the Edge: Woodturning into Sculpture” Prichard Art Gallery, U.of Idaho.
    • 2008-“Masters of Disguise,” Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC
    • 2007-9 -Craft in America: Expanding Traditions, national tour.
    • 2007-8 -The Wornick Collection. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.
    • 2006 -“Turning 20—Still Evolving, American Association of Woodturners’20th Anniversary exhibit. Kentucky Museum of Art; AAW Annual Symposium, St. Paul, MN.
    • 2005 -”Nouvelle Nuptials” San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design, San Francisco, CA
    • 2004 -”Celebrating Nature,” curator, Kevin Wallace, Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
    • 2003 -”Cabinets of Curiosity,” Wood turning Center/Furniture Society.
    • 2002 -”Designing Futures.” Craftwest Centre for Cont. Craft & Design, Perth, Australia
    • 2001-2 -”Wood Turning Since 1930,” Minneapolis Inst. Arts, MN; Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC; Yale University Art Museum, New Haven, CT.
    • 2000 -”The Art of Craft: Expressive Works by NH and Vermont Artists,”Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Dartmouth, NH
    • 1999 -”New Traditions ‘99” , Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
    • 1998 – Two-person show (with Robyn Horn) at Connell Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
    • 1997 -”The Renwick at 25”-Renwick Gallery, Washington,DC.
    • 1996 – Marlboro College 50th Anniversary Alumni Show.
    • 1995 -”Light Interpretations”-The Jewish Museum of San Francisco, CA.
    • 1994 -“The Robyn and John Horn Collection”- Arrowmont School Galleries, Gatlinburg, TN
    • 1993 -“11 Artists/ 11 Visions 1993”- DeCordova Museum/Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
    • 1992 -“Woman Woodturners”, Joanne Rapp Gallery/The Hand The Spirit, Scottsdale, AZ.
    • 1992-5 -“Out of the Woods”, Fine Arts Museum of the South, Touring exhibit.
    • 1991 -Chicago International New Art Forms, Chicago, IL.
    • 1990 -“Wood for the Trees” – Oxford Gallery. Oxford, England.
    • 1989 -“Turner’s Challenge III”. Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO.
    • 1988-91-“The International Turned Object Show”, Port of History Museum, Phila., PA.
    • 1988 -“Vessels Turned and Carved”- Sansar Gallery, Wash., DC.
    • 1987 -“Wood Invitational”- Carlyn Gallery, NY, NY.
    • 1986 -“The Food Show”- Nabisco Brands Gallery, E. Hanover, NJ.
    • 1985 -“Vision and Concept”- Arrowmont School, Gatlinburg, TN.
    • 1984 -“The Discreet Object of Desire”, Pritam & Eames, Easthampton, NY.
    • l983 -“5 Marlboro Craftsmen”, Vt. State Craft Center at Windsor House.
    • 1982 -“Anniversary Show”, Ten Arrow Gallery, Cambridge, MA.
    • 1981-3 -“The Turned Object Show”, Woodturning Center, Philadelphia, PA. Touring exhibit.

Selected Publications

    • 2012-Dec.’11-Jan.’12. American Woodworker. ” An Artisan’s Life Story-Michelle Holzapfel.” Spike Carlsen.
    • 2011-The Best of Woodwork.”Michelle Holzapfel: A Mind’s Journey in Wood.” Terry Martin.
    • 2011-“Turning to Art in Wood: A Creative Journey,” 25th Anniversary exhibition catalogue. The Center for Art in Wood, Phila. PA.
    • 2010 -“Magic Realism” Robin Rice, ed. Wood Turning Center, Phila. PA
    • 2010-“A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection. Renwick Gallery of American Art Museum, Washington, DC
    • 2010 -“The Art of Contemplation,” Neil Kagan. American Woodturner. Oct.
    • 2009 -Masters: Woodturning, Lark Books.
    • 2008 -Back Cover, Woodwork, #114, December 2008, Liu Commission.
    • 2007 -The Penland Book of Woodworking, T. Stender, ed. .Lark Books.
    • 2006 -“20 Years—Still Evolving,” Kevin Wallace. American Woodturner, Spring.
    • 2005 -”Michelle Holzapfel: A Mind’s Journey in Wood,” Terry Martin. Woodwork, #91, February
    • 2004 – “The Sculptures of Michelle Holzpafel,” Roger Schroeder. Wood Carving Illustrated.#27.
    • 2003 -Wood Art Today: Furniture, Vessels, Sculpture, Dona Z. Meilach. Schiffer
    • 2003-”A Shop for Two,” in The Workshop, Scott Gibson. Taunton Press.
    • 2002 -“Gallery,” Woodwork, Feb. 2002.
    • 2001 -Woodturning in North America Since 1930, Wood Turning Center/Yale University,
    • 2000 -Turning Wood into Art: the Jane and Arthur Mason Collection. Abrams.
    • 2000- ”Michelle Holzapfel’s ‘Bespoke Vessel “ Glenn Adamson. Turning Points, Winter.
    • 1999 -”Growth Rings and Heartwood, Part II,” Susan Hagen, Woodwork Magazine, October.
    • 1998 -Skilled Work: American Craft in the Renwick Gallery , Washington, DC
    • 1997 – “Gallery: Michelle Holzapfel,” Woodwork, April.
    • 1996 -“Contemporary Lights: ” exhibit catalog, Margolis Gallery, Houston, TX
    • 1995 – “Light Interpretations,” exhibit catalog, Jewish Museum of San Francisco, CA.
    • 1994 -“Animalmania”, Paola Rinaldi, Casa Vogue, Feb.
    • 1993 – “Michelle Holzapfel”, D. Krasner, American Craft, , June/July
    • 1992 -“Carving an Identity”, J. Moulds, The Rutland Herald, June
    • 1991 -“Gallery-Wood”, American Craft, Oct/Nov.
    • 1990 -“Vermont Made”. Richard Ewald, Vermont Magazine Jul/Aug.
    • 1989 -A Diversity of Gifts: Vermont Women at Work. D’Ann Fago. Countryman Press.
    • 1988 – “Handmade in Vermont”, HouseBeautiful, June
    • 1987 -Creating Small Wood Objects as Functional Sculpture. Dona Meilach. Crown
    • 1986 – “Working Where the Grain Goes Mad”, Richard Ewald, Brattleboro Magazine, Summer.
    • 1985 -“Furniture and Figures… “, M. Hoffman, Christian Science Monitor, June.
    • 1984 -“Portrait: Michelle Holzapfel”, Holz und Elfenbein, Siegfried Ehrman, Dusseldorf,Germany. 1983 -Design Book Three , Taunton Press.
    • 1982 -“Woodworking on a Metal Lathe”, Richard Starr, Fine Woodworking, May/June.
    • 1981 -A Gallery of Turned Objects , Brigham Young U. Press, 1981

Published Writings

    • 2012-Woodturner Makes Vision a Reality. Burlington Free Press. Jan. 29, 2012.
    • 2011-“The Makers’ Game,” an essay for the introduction to “Turning to Art in Wood: A Creative Journey,” The Center for Art in Wood, Phila. , PA.
    • 2003 -essay for the exhibit catalog for “Cabinets of Curiosity.” “Final Thoughts at the Beginning,” M. Holzapfel.
    • 2000- -Turning Points, book review: “The Art of the Lathe.” Summer 2000.
    • 1998 -Turning Points, photo essay: “The Woman in Woodturning,” Spring.
    • 1997 -Turning Points, “Reflections of a Perpetual Student”, Spring. ”The Body as Vessel,”essay w. photo. Fall. “An Exploration of the Vessel Form” , Fall.
    • 1995 -American Woodturner, “Getting a Feeling for Form,”, December.
    • 1994 -Turning Points, “A Tribute: James Prestini”, Summer/Fall.
    • -Turning Points, a review of “Turning Plus…Redefining the Lathe Turned Object” exhibit and conference at Arizona State U., Tempe, AZ-Spring.
    • 1993 -American Craft, “Aristocrat of Skills: James Prestini”, Dec.
    • -“Reflections of an Autodidact,” presented at the World Turning Conference, Hagley Museum, Wilmington, DE.
    • 1990 -GreenTurners Newsletter. “Environmental Concerns”. Hants, England, 1989
    • 1988 – “Reminiscences”, American Woodturner, Jan.

Interviews/Blog Posts

    • 2009 – by Greg Sharrow, Vermont Folklife Center, for “State of Craft,” exhibit. In conjunction with the Vermont Craft History project. Vermont Crafts Council.
    • 2009 -“Art Inspired by Nature.” The Gardener’s Eden. Michaela Harlow. 11/04/09 http://www.thegardenerseden.com
    • 2008 -for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, by Josephine Shea. Nanette Laitman Documentation Project for Craft & Decorative Arts in America.

Workshops/Lectures/Residencies

    • 2012-Gallery Talk with Gerard Brown concurrent with 25th Anniversary Exhibit. Center for Art in Wood. Phila. PA.
    • 2011-One-day studio workshop for Granite State Woodworkers.
    • 2010 -panel discussion opening “A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection. Renwick Gallery of American Art Museum, Washington, DC
    • 2010 -presentation at Bennington Museum for “State of Craft”
    • 2009 -” Gravity + Levity= Longevity” presented at “Ingrained: Women & Wood Art Symposium. Visual Arts. Center of Richmond, VA (concurrent with Mason Collection exhibit)
    • 2007 -artist demonstration-The Wornick Collection. MFA, Boston, MA.
    • 2004 -Artist’s talk; Brattleboro Museum and Art Center for solo exhibit, “Full Circle.’
    • 2003 -One-day class/lecture. Denis Fitzgerald’s woodworking class at SUNY, Purchase, NY
    • 2002 -Symposium II:“Wood Turning in North America Since 1930,” slide lecture: “Retrospective,” Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC.
    • 2001 -Symposium I: “Wood Turning in North America Since 1930,” Minneapolis Museum of Art. Videotaped essay/ lecture
    • 1999 -SOFA/Chicago, slide lecture, “The Way We Work,”with David Holzapfel
    • -Worcester Center for Crafts, “New Traditions ‘99” Visiting Artists workshop.
    • 1998 -Annual Conference of the American Association of Woodturners. Akron, OH. Three presentations: describing process/comparing influences/ writing for turners.
    • -”Breaking Barriers” weeklong residency, Emma Lake, Saskatchewan.
    • -Maryland Hall Center for Crafts, Annapolis, MD. Weeklong residency.
    • -Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT. weekend residency/workshop.
    • 1997 -Three essays/ lectures: “The Phenomenology of the Vessel,” 5 Makers/the Body,’ and “The Subject Becomes Object” presented at the World Woodturning Conference 1997 -Slide lecture, “Techniques and Influences,” presented concurrent with exhibit “Turned Wood Now: Redefining the Lathe- Turned Object IV, Arizona State U.,Tempe, AZ
    • -Slide lecture: “Techniques and Influences” presented at California College of Arts Craft conference “Beyond Function.”
    • 1996 – Slide lecture:”Varied Inspirations,” presented at Alabama Crafts Council Annual Conference. Birmingham, AL
    • 1995 -“Out of the Woods” touring exhibit: visiting guest artist, lecturer. Varazdin/Zagreb, Croatia.
    • Slide lecture, demonstration: “Getting a Feeling for Form,” at the Wood Turning Center’s conference,”allTURNatives: Form & Spirit”, Berman Museum, Ursinus College. PA
    • 1994 -Slide lecture of recent work at conference, “Turning Plus…Redefining the Lathe-Turned Object, Arizona State U., Tempe, AZ
    • 1990 -“Three Levels of Working,” slide lecture, presented at “Turner’s Challenge III”.-Craft Alliance St. Louis, MO

Curator/Juror

    • 2000-01 -co-curator, with Chris Tyler, of Wood Turning Center’s ‘Challenge VI’ exhibit and opening workshop. Ursinus College, PA.
    • 1990 -“Woodturners of the Northeast”, Juror -Worcester, MA Center for Crafts.
    • 1988 -Juror: Baltimore Buyers’ Marketplace, Am. Craft Council
    • 1987 -Juror: WBAI Holiday Craft Show. New York
    • 1986 -Juror: Morristown Craft Market.. Morristown, NJ.

Videotapes/Television

    • 2001 -featured in Vermont Public Television’s “RFD.,” with partner, David.
    • 1993 -”Signatures in Wood”, Pam Vogt, Ram Productions
    • 1992 -”Michelle Holzapfel”, Alan Dater, Marlboro Video Productions

Selected Collections

  • Museum of Fine Arts- Boston, MA.
  • The Kitano- New York, NY.
  • The America Building- New York, NY.
  • Wood Turning Center- Philadelphia, PA.
  • Center for Art in Wood-Philadelphia, PA.
  • Du Pont Corporation- Philadelphia, PA.
  • Yale Univ. Art Gallery- New Haven, CT.
  • R. I. School of Design- Providence, R.I.
  • Museum of the South- Mobile, AL.
  • Mint Museum- Charlotte, NC.
  • Renwick Collection- Washington, D.C.
  • Gilman Foundation- New York, NY.
  • Carleton College- Northfield, MN.
  • Columbia Museum- Columbia, SC.
  • Museum of Art and Design- New York, NY.
  • Louisville Slugger Museum- Louisville, KY.
  • The Contemporary Museum- Honolulu, HI.
  • XL Screw Corporation- Michigan.
  • Racine Art Museum-Racine, WI.
  • Whoop, Inc. -New York, NY.
  • Asheville Art Museum- Asheville, NC.
  • Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, TX.
  • Cincinnati Art Museum-Cincinnati, OH.
  • Currier Museum-Manchester, NH.
  • St. Mary’s in the Mountains-Wilmington, VT.